Inclusive Emergency Response
Pre / During / Post Disaster
More than 130 million people across the sphere currently need humanitarian assistance. At least 15 per cent of them are people with disabilities. Last 2017, conflict and natural disasters forcibly displaced more than 30 million people a third of them were people with disabilities, according to the united nations report. The great challenge is how to ensuring that humanitarian action meets everyone’s needs and priorities. In general people with disabilities are left behind during humanitarian responses because the approaches are not inclusive.
The purpose of FONHARE´s Inclusive Emergency Response is to leave no one behind. Our approach insists that disabled people and their organizations need to be included in planning for and implementing responses to humanitarian crises. That way they will have a voice, they can help identifying their needs, express their own priorities, assess services and advocate for change.
To illustrate FONHARE has implemented an Inclusive Emergency Response post-Hurricane Irma 2017 in Haiti. This project reached 6,200 people as direct beneficiaries including 1609 women, 1640 men, 2240 children and 705 people with disabilities through 4 inclusive interventions: food & hygiene kits distribution, mobile clinic, houses repairs and income generating activities.
The most important thing, the response was planned and implemented by disabled people. With 10 people were hired to conduct this project 6 of them were disabled people (60%), we promote inclusion by the example of inclusion.